Why ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Is Changing Its Tone In Season 14, According To Shonda Rhimes

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Grey’s Anatomy is switching things up its tone this season, and now we know why.

While the ABC series was infused with comedy when it first premiered, in recent years, it’s titled more heavily toward drama — but that’s all about to change this year. In fact, come season 14, Grey’s is brightening things up, and showrunner Shonda Rhimes has a good reason for greenlighting the series’ new outlook.

Grey’s is going to be a lot more fun. We’re doing a lighter, funnier, more love-filled season,” Rhimes told Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on Live! With Kelly and Ryan on Monday. “Just because I felt like people want to have fun now.”

Coming off a couple of seasons of heart-wrenching storylines, it’s refreshing to know that this season will be happier, for both the characters — including Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Alex (Justin Chambers), Owen (Kevin McKidd), Jackson (Jessie Williams) — and the fans.

In fact, this isn’t the first time that the cast and creators have hinted at a funnier season. Jessica Capshaw, who plays Dr. Arizona Robbins, told E! News in August that the first two episodes are “righteously hysterical.” Kelly McCreary, who plays Dr. Maggie Pierce echoed those thoughts telling Entertainment Weekly that season 14 is going through a tonal transformation and “it’s lighter this season.”

That being said, there was an intense season finale in May that has to be tied up, so it’s not all happiness and laughter when the series returns, but overall, Rhimes’ tone this season will be “lighter” and we are ready to see what that means.

What do you think the new tone and “love-filled season” will entail?

Grey’s Anatomy returns with a two-hour premiere on September 28, 2017 on ABC.

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